Lately, it seems like we are hearing more and more about meth problems in Missouri. It is no secret that Missouri has a pervasive problem with methamphetamine labs that have plagued its communities for years. Jefferson County is one county in particular that is trying to aggressively attack the presence of meth labs. Through November of 2011, there were 6,915 seizures of meth labs, equipment, and dumpsites nationwide. Missouri led all states with 1, 744 seizures. In Jefferson County alone, there have been 234 seizures through November of 2011. This is the reason why the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department’s drug task force was established – to lead an aggressive approach resulting in more busts. Jefferson County currently has nine investigators on its drug task force, which focuses largely on meth labs.
Jefferson County was the first in Missouri to end over-the-counter sales of cold and allergy remedies containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient. However, St. Louis County currently has no restrictions. Under current state law, individuals can buy up to nine grams of pseudoephedrine every 30 days.
Because of the aggressive approach in attacking Missouri’s meth problem, including Jefferson County, Missouri, courts have seen an increase of meth manufacturing, meth distribution, and meth possession cases. These cases are extremely serious with dire and life-changing consequences. It is vital that if you or a loved one has been charged with a meth crime, you immediately seek out an experienced and aggressive St. Louis, Missouri meth defense lawyer. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.